December 7, 2014

Currently | December

READING — I am still trying to trek my way through The Night Circus again. But The Glass Castle just came in the mail a couple of days ago, so I'll probably start that soon. I'm forever starting (and not finishing) good books.

WATCHING — Really trying to get into The Walking Dead, but gore just isn't my thing. Other than that, Christmas movies. Though we are on the hunt for a new binge-worthy Netflix show if anyone has any recommendations for us.

LISTENING TO — Christmas tunes (obviously) and lots of violin + instrumental music (as usual). Have y'all heard of Pentatonix? If not, look them up. So dang good. They're very talented. Here's a music video of theirs that has been circling around the web:

DISCOVERING — That I've recently developed a bad habit of entertaining gossip at work and it has to stop. If I hear my coworkers (and friends) talking poorly about each other, I should just walk away instead of getting involved by sharing my opinions on the matter(s).

PLANNING — A back-up plan for my birthday just in case we end up having to work that day (we were planning on going to Disney's Hollywood Studios that day). One of my good friends already assured me that she'd be baking a cake for me if that scenario plays out.

CRAVING — Coffee ice cream. I need something sweet to balance out the burger and fries we just downed at BurgerMonger ;)

WISHING — That I could have a day off in between some of these 12 hour shifts I've been pulling! But, then again, I really can't complain. Especially since it's good money, the workload has been relatively extremely light and I get to work with my family. It's all good.

FEELING — From reading my answer above, you can probably gather that I'm a bit worn out at the moment. Having to wake up at 4:30 for work every morning means I'm ready for bed come 8:00.

PRAYING FOR — My brother's current situation. I won't go into details here. He and his family have had a very rough year and I'm praying that God will work everything out in their favor. I'm trusting Him for a miracle.

TRYING — To make the best of all that life is throwing at us right now. Nothing is worth stressing about and God is still in control.

December 1, 2014

Let's Catch Up

Well, it's been one heck of a week. I haven't had the time to sit down and catch y'all up on all that's been going on. I'll try to keep it as simple as possible. Let's back this thing up to last Monday, when I started feeling a bit off. What began as a little sore throat quickly evolved into a full-blown cold come Tuesday morning. Congestion, coughing, the whole shebang. I felt lousy, but decided not to call out of work. By the time my shift was over, I felt like I'd been hit by a bus. I was nauseous, my head was pounding and I couldn't seem to get warm. I tried to take a nap in hopes of sleeping off the sickness, but I felt even more miserable whenever I woke up.

Normally this wouldn't have been such a big deal, that is if I hadn't already bought concert ticket to see Anberlin + Copeland that night with Lauren. We had everything planned out since October, so why I had to get sick that day is beyond me. As much as I wanted to, I didn't have the strength to go. $35 down the drain and a friend that was stuck going to a concert alone. Usually I'm not one to cry, but I cried like a baby that night guys. It was rough. I was sad about missing my favorite band and felt even worse for canceling on Lauren.

Naturally, I ended up calling out on Wednesday which gave me a chance to rest a bit and cook all my Thanksgiving goodies throughout the day. When Thursday rolled around, I was feeling somewhat better. I was on the Black Friday opening schedule at Target so I had to be at work at 5:30 on Thursday evening. Kinda hate the fact that they chose to open even earlier this year. It cut our family time short (which sucked), but at least I was making holiday pay. I got off at 2:00 in the morning and went straight to bed when I got back home.

When I woke up on Friday, my voice was almost gone. I tried my best not to talk through the day abd drank loads of hot tea with fresh ginger and lemon juice. But, alas, it was still pretty bad when I had to go back into work at 4:00 that afternoon. My coworkers certainly had a few good laughs at my expense. I worked until midnight and came back in at noon on Saturday. By the time that shift was over, I was ready for my 2 days off. I had a bottle of moscato chilling in the fridge and I popped that sucker open as soon as I was home.

I had a really nice Sunday. Lauren scooped me up around noon and we ventured out to the farmers market down the street with her kiddos. After checking out the local vendors, we grabbed some lunch at The Great Spiedini (love that place) and some iced butterscotch lattes from The Grind. I also scored this awesome antique spoon bracelet from 1938. The design was called harmony and it was just too pretty to pass up. The woman selling it said I could add a charm to it if I'd like, so I chose a little violin. Speaking of violins, I took mine out and set it up after Lauren dropped me back off at home. It's been sitting in the closet for a few months now, but hopefully I'll have the time to dive into some lessons soon. On Sunday night, G and I had a dinner date at Mellow Mushroom. The magical mystery tour pizza was bangin', as was the Cigar City Brewing hard cider. And, of course, it was nice to have some one on one time with my guy!

Today was just spent catching up on things and getting the house ready to deck the halls! I, like many others, enjoy putting Christmas decorations up on the 1st of December. So, that's exactly what we did this evening. We drank holiday flavored coffee, watched Christmas movies, put up our little fake tree and hung all of our stockings. It was fun, but the mister had to turn in early (and I should probably be doing the same). I really didn't intend for this post to be so long, but there was a lot to tell! I'll just leave y'all with a small photo drop.

feasting • moscato • feeling better
farmers market • lunch • new bracelet
my violin • magical mystery tour • our tree

Hoping your week was a little less crazy than mine!

November 30, 2014

Wish-Listing | Birthday + Christmas

With 22 days left until Christmas and 15 until my birthday (the big 2-5 is creepin' up on me), people have started to ask me what I'd like this year. I'm not big on gifts, not like I used to be whenever I was growing up. But, I couldn't just say "oh, nothing" and I didn't want to ask for money like I usually do. It wasn't hard to come up with ideas though, since the majority of these things were already on my online wish-lists. I'm constantly adding items that I like to my wish-lists and contemplating whether or not to purchase them. The struggle between being frugal and living a little is real, people. With all that being said, here are the things that were left waiting on my wish-lists.

What items are on your Christmas list this year?